BRIDGEWATER — Town staff has been looking to sell lots on Don Litten Parkway for the last several years, but a recent development may provide a new use for the land.

Bridgewater has looked at a number of potential options for the 5-acre property valued at $679,000, one of which being a hotel, according to Alex Wilmer, assistant town manager.

After speaking with a couple of hotel owners, according to Town Manager Jay Litten in a staff report, a hotel feasibility study was mentioned that would identify “some things that will improve our pitch toward prospective purchasers.”

With the help of the study, the town will know how many rooms a hotel can hold, according to Wilmer, but the town is hoping to have 70 to 100 rooms in the hotel.

To fund the study, town staff has applied for a grant through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business Development Program for $30,000.

Wilmer said most of the application has been completed, but a resolution of support is still needed to move forward.

During today’s meeting, Town Council members will be asked to vote on a resolution of support regarding the consideration of applying for a hotel study grant.

Litten said in a staff report if Town Council votes to move forward, the town should know in a few weeks if it will receive the grant.

Other items on today’s agenda include introducing the town’s first Eve of Independence event, celebrating the Fourth of July on July 3.

Eve of Independence will kick off at 7:30 p.m. at Generations Park with a performance by The Hackens Boys, followed by a reading of the Declaration of Independence by a professional Thomas Jefferson impressionist.

Fireworks will be set off beginning at 9:25 p.m. at the Bridgewater Community Center. Ice cream from Smiley’s Ice Cream will be sold throughout the evening. Guests will be allowed to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.

Bridgewater Town Council meets at 7 p.m. today at the Bridgewater Community Center, 201 Green St.

Contact Jessica Wetzler at 574-6279 or Follow Jessica on Twitter @wetzler_jessica

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